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- 1/2 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to package directions
- 1/2 cup frozen edamame, cooked according to package directions
- 1/2 bunch curly kale (about 4 to 5 cups), chopped or torn into bite-sized pieces with thick ribs removed
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup red grapes, halved
- 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped if necessary (dried cranberries may be substituted)
- 1/3 cup feta, goat, or parmesan cheese, crumbled or shredded
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (I used unsalted)
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (I used unsalted)
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced or pressed
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
- 1 heaping tablespoon Greek yogurt (I used 0% fat, sour cream may be substituted)
- Cook quinoa according to package directions, likely cooking with 1 cup water to the 1/2 cup dry quinoa. Transfer about half of the cooked quinoa to a very large bowl. I don’t use all the quinoa for the salad and save the rest for another use. I find it too difficult to cook less than 1/2 cup dry quinoa.
- Cook edamame according to package directions. Drain and add to the bowl.
- To the bowl, add the kale, blueberries, grapes, dried cherries, cheese, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and stir to combine; set aside.
- To a glass mason jar with a lid (or similar jar with a lid), add the orange juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, seal with lid, and shake vigorously to combine; about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add the Greek yogurt and shake until creamy and incorporated, about 1 minute. Taste and check for seasoning balance, adding more salt, pepper, etc. as necessary. I prefer this dressing to be on the saltier side because it’s going to be coating a large bowl of unseasoned kale, vegetables, and quinoa and you need it to read salty out of the jar to properly flavor the salad.
- Add desired amount of dressing to salad, toss well to combine, and serve immediately. Extra dressing will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week; shake vigorously before using.